Medications. The treatment of priapism initially includes medications. If this fails, then a needle must be placed into the penis and potent medicaions must be injected directly into the penis. If these measures fail, then surgery for a penile shunt is needed to prevent future penile scarring and erectile dysfunction.
Possible Emergency. Priapism is the presence of an undesired, prolonged erection, often without associated sexual desire - lasting over 4 hours. An erection lasting this long prevents fresh nutrient and oxygen rich blood from entering the penis and can cause injury to this organ resulting in erectile disfunction. This problem often requires an emergency room visit where medical therapies can be administered.